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Updated 11/17/15
Copyright 2015

Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


I haven’t seen a Red-breasted Nuthatch here in a very long time. Best place to find them is in cone bearing trees.

The Northern Harrier can usually be found over the landfill in the southern zone of the park

Coming soon are Fox Sparrows. These handsome sparrows may already be in the park but will definitely be seen when the cold weather develops.

Brown Creepers are tough to photograph. They wind around the tree, often in the shade and their small eye doesn’t always show up. In any case, they’re still around the park

This Savannah Sparrow was photographed near the driving range by Turtle Cove


Fall Birding

The migration is just about done. Now is the time for vagrants and rarities. Brant and Bufflehead have already returned, telling us that winter can’t be far away. At Pelham Bay Park we can expect the usual winter species that have probably already returned. Last week there were still Yellowlegs at Turtle Cove, late migrating shorebirds for sure. In past years, Long -eared and Saw-when Owls began returning after Thanksgiving. Of course, Hunter Island will be home to many duck and waterfowl species this year. So although the migration is over there is still lots to see and appreciate.

              Sparrows are here, see if you can answer the quiz: Link here

The 2015-16 Bronx Westchester Christmas Bird Count will be December 27, 2015. In the Bronx, we generally meet at 6:30 AM at George’s Diner-Cafe at 3000 Westchester Ave. More details as it gets closer.

Ok, everyone loves Cedar Waxwings. Check out the trail at Turtle Cove. These birds love fruit and berry trees.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

Birding Advocacy

Save Forests and Save Birds

Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for

Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels and Catalogs!


The Kazimiroff Nature Trail of Hunter Island

You may have noticed the new signs posted along the paths on Hunter island. The numbers correlate to different features of the “Island.” If you link below, you can find out what each sign post means. Dr. Kazimiroff was a noted Bronx naturalist. The trail marked in his honor winds through the largest and most natural of all of NYC parks. This area was once hunting and fishing grounds and the site of huge mansions. To find out more, print and bring the guide with you on your next walk. Kazimiroff Trail.pdf

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Fall Birdwalk Results

Bartow-Pell Mansion

We had our second walk at Bartow-Pell Mansion this fall. We had a beautiful day with lots of great raptors . Link for details

A Murder of Crows ......  Link to see what I’m talking about